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Viatorian Calls for Action

published on: August 15, 2019

Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, serves as president of one of the largest graduate schools of theology, Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and with its title comes responsibility. This week, Fr. Francis joined with members of the Council of Religious Leaders … Continue reading

Celebrating the Feast of the Assumption

published on: August 15, 2019

With the sun streaming into the chapel at the Viatorian Province Center, Viatorians gathered to celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “Alleluia, alleluia. Mary is taken up to heaven, a chorus of angels exults,” Fr. … Continue reading

Cardinal John Henry Newman Moves into Prominence

published on: August 13, 2019

A portrait of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman moved into a place of prominence today at the Viatorian Province Center. In light of the Vatican announcement that Cardinal Newman would be canonized Oct. 13 in Rome, his formal painting moved … Continue reading

Advancing Viatorian Commitment to Young People

published on: August 12, 2019

A core principle of the Viatorian vision statement is to “minister to and with young people in the church.” That commitment was on full display at a recent Sunday Mass at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Arlington Heights, … Continue reading

Viatorians Respond to Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

published on: August 8, 2019

As members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Viatorians add their voice to a statement calling for immediate legislation on gun violence and a national examination of conscience, in response to the loss of more than 30 lives … Continue reading

Hearts of Hope Mission Trip Reaches Milestone

published on: August 7, 2019

It’s been 20 years since a pair of Viatorian associates first brought teens to carry out service for the poor and marginalized — right in their own backyards. The Hearts of Hope Youth Ministry draws teens from parishes in Kankakee. Led by … Continue reading

Cristo Rey St. Viator Featured on Las Vegas News Station

published on: August 6, 2019

With only weeks to go before Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory High School opens in North Las Vegas, its mission of providing a college preparatory education to young people of limited means continues to draw interest. Last week, the … Continue reading

Viatorians Launch Instagram Account

published on: August 5, 2019

Good things are happening in the Viatorian Community — and now there are more ways to keep up with the latest news. Today, Br. John Eustice, CSV, Director of Vocation Ministry and Dan Masterton, Assistant Vocation Minister, launched a new … Continue reading

Association Reaches Milestone

published on: August 2, 2019

The Province of Chicago celebrates an important milestone on Aug. 3 — the 20th anniversary of association. The milestone falls one day after  the 137th anniversary of the founding of the Chicago Province. “Our community has been greatly enriched by … Continue reading

Camp MOSH Returns to Bourbonnais

published on: August 1, 2019

Parishioners at Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais mounted Camp MOSH, or Maternity Outreach Service for Humanity, this week and its impact is tangible. Consider the numbers: nearly 100 teens, approximately 115 adult volunteers and all spreading out to work at … Continue reading

Viator House of Hospitality Making News

published on: July 30, 2019

More than two years after it opened, Viator House of Hospitality continues to serve as an alternative to detention for young immigrant men awaiting asylum hearings — and as a model for other communities. Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, and Br. … Continue reading

Future is Now for Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory High School

published on: July 25, 2019

After more than two years of planning, Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory High School is underway. Opening faculty meetings took place this week in Las Vegas, where the emphasis was on service leadership. “We held our very first staff … Continue reading

Fr. John Peeters Recognized for Service to the Community

published on: July 24, 2019

Fr. John Peeters has served in the Bourbonnais/Kankakee region for 20 years, including the last 12 as pastor of St. Patrick Church. But his work in the area goes beyond parish boundaries. Just this week, Fr. Peeters was recognized by … Continue reading

The Viatorian Community Welcomes Two New Priests

published on: July 23, 2019

The Foundation of Burkina Faso added two more Viatorians to its community. Fr. Kingsley Ogudo, CSV, and Fr. Gabriel Ouedraogo, CSV, were ordained July 6 in the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Lourdes in Ouagadougou. They were among eight priests … Continue reading

Colombian Delegation Excited to Attend Viatorian Youth Congress

published on: July 22, 2019

A delegation of teens from Colegio San Viator in Bogotá, arrived with their religion teacher on Saturday and the very next day they took in a tour of Millenium Park and Navy Pier in Chicago. What  really excited them, however, … Continue reading

Training Starting for 10th Annual Viatorian Youth Congress

published on: July 18, 2019

Jean Ang and Jason Wilhite have attended the Viatorian Youth Congress before — but this year they are running the show. Back in May, they were selected as young adult coordinators of the four-day congress which opens next week. Their … Continue reading

Viatorian Giving Garden Starting to Produce

published on: July 16, 2019

After the wettest spring on record in the Chicago area, the Viatorian Giving Garden is starting to reap the benefits of abundant sunshine. Its raised beds are producing fresh vegetables and flowers, all grown for the local food pantry. Associate … Continue reading

Teens Drawn to Unique Service Camp

published on: July 15, 2019

Br. Peter Lamick, CSV, credits his vocation to many of his experiences at Saint Viator High School. High among them was his involvement as a leader with the unique Service & Song Camp. This year’s camp opened today and for … Continue reading

Br. Michael Rice, CSV, Celebrates Retirement

published on: July 9, 2019

Oh, the places you’ll go! During Br. Michael Rice’s years as a Viatorian brother, he has served in Springfield, IL, before teaching in Bogota, Colombia, serving as principal of Saint Viator High School and ultimately at St. Viator Catholic Community … Continue reading

Archbishop Fulton Sheen to be Beatified

published on: July 8, 2019

Long before Archbishop Fulton Sheen became a pioneer of televangelism, he was educated by Viatorians  at St. Viator College in Bourbonnais, where he graduated in 1917, and was a star debater and class officer. Now, he is the first student … Continue reading

Maternity BVM Youth Group Honored

published on: July 3, 2019

Later this month, Maternity BVM Parish and its youth ministry program  will host its signature Camp MOSH, or Maternity Outreach Service for Humanity. The six-day, on-site service trip in Bourbonnais sends teens into the surrounding neighborhoods to complete much needed … Continue reading

Viatorians Celebrate Years with St. Thomas More Catholic Community

published on: July 2, 2019

One of the core principles of the Viatorians’ vision statement is to build up communities of faith. That commitment was on full display Saturday, when Viatorians gathered with parishioners at St. Thomas More Catholic Community in Henderson, NV, to celebrate … Continue reading

To Donna, With Love

published on: June 28, 2019

Viatorian Brother Finding New Ways to Expand Mission

published on: June 25, 2019

Nearly six months into his job as Vice President of Viatorian Identity and Mission at Saint Viator High School, Br. John Eustice, CSV, says the job continues to unfold. He cites several groups at the school who have come to … Continue reading

Another Viatorian School in Colombia Earns IB Certification

published on: June 19, 2019

Ever since the Viatorians took over Colegio San Viator in Tunja, their goal has been to model it after their school in Bogotá, including becoming certified by the International Baccalaureate Program. Earlier this month, Viatorian administrators in Tunja learned they … Continue reading

Accompanying Young People on a Pilgrimage to the Border

published on: June 18, 2019

Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, calls it a pilgrimage as he accompanies young people retracing the steps of migrants trying to cross the desert. Together, they reflect on the role faith plays in “welcoming the stranger.” Twice a year, for the … Continue reading

Viatorian Associates Caring for Creation

published on: June 17, 2019

Associates Mike and Susan Bourgeois, and Dave and Susan Surprenant are part of a legion of Illinois farmers — who combine to be the nation’s second largest producer of corn — dealing with the effects of an unseasonably wet spring. … Continue reading

Viatorian Associates Add Vibrancy to the Community

published on: June 13, 2019

Viatorian associates come from all walks of life. Consider three of the newest associates to make their first commitments: A kindergarten teacher, an auditor with the USDA and a retired administrative secretary. Robert and Julie Lampley, and Paula Wasser, all … Continue reading

Newest Viatorian Brother Makes Final Vows

published on: June 12, 2019

In the Alumni Memorial Chapel at Saint Viator High School and before a gathering of nearly 150 people, the Viatorian Community welcomed its latest religious brother, Br. Peter Lamick, CSV. It was a Mass steeped in tradition, as Br. Peter … Continue reading

Viatorians Gather for Annual Assembly

published on: June 11, 2019

A sense of joy and reunion permeated the opening of the annual Provincial Assembly on Tuesday. Members came from Las Vegas, Grand Junction, Colorado and Bogotá, Colombia, as well as Arlington Heights, Chicago, Bourbonnais, McHenry and Kankakee, and all as … Continue reading